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Cordova, TN; May 1, in the year of our Lord 2015--Family Friendly Gaming, the industry leader in covering the family friendly video games is revealing a consumer attitude/opinion on a recent trend found in retail stores. Have you seen any of these video game cases that have this text at the top: “Downloadable Game Voucher.” The second line states: “No Game Card Included. Memory Card and Access to Playstation Network Required.” That means there are video game cases being sold at retail that only contain a download code. The consumer that purchases such a product has to pay for the downloading of the game, and only gets a digital copy. Consumers lose their rights to sell, barter, and trade their own purchased property.

Family Friendly Gaming has been a long time supporter of the physical copy movement. We embrace physical copies of video games. We embrace consumer rights. We embrace consumers being able to buy, sell, trader, and barter physical copies of video games. This new deceptive scheme to sell video game cases with no physical video game is confusing and highly misleading. It almost caught me at a local retail chain until Yolanda pointed out there was something strange on the front cover. Thankfully I did not waste the money on the deceptive download only product.

I saw MLB 15 The Show on the Playstation Vita for $19.99. That may be a bit over inflated as a video game price, however I was willing to pay it for a video game cartridge that was released recently. Once I realized Sony was up to their old deceptive business practices yet again, I left the product at retail. Sony lost a sale because it is not a physical copy. Sony (and any other company trying this deceptive business practice) will continue to lose sales from the physical copy movement because we won’t buy empty cases to games with no game cartridge/disc inside. I have written this article as a public service announcement so Family Friendly Gaming Universe is now aware of this. Look at the top and bottom of video game cases to see if you will actually get a game with your purchase or not.

God bless,
Paul Bury
Family Friendly Gaming


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